Young farmers watch farm burn

Stella Bauer looks out over the scorched pasture of her farm on the Port Hills.

Black pastures are all that's left after the Port Hills fires swept through land leased by a young farming couple.

Rain hits A&P show

Wairarapa Bush's Stacey Grant talks to members of the victorious Carterton Rugby Club tug of war team.

Weather hurts, but doesn't ruin, Masterton A&P show's 130th anniversary.

Sweet as? Not for Comvita

Comvita's performance has been hit by an exceptionally poor honey harvest across the country.

Disappointing sales in China have led to a 6-month loss for the honey company.

Lotto won't solve farm woes

Be in to win, unless you are a loss making farmer.

What does a Lotto winning farmer do? Keep farming until the prize money's all gone.

Paua ban extended

Coastal uplift has caused a loss of habitat for juvenile paua.

Emergency closure of Kaikoura's paua fishery pushed out by nine months to help quake-battered stocks.

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opinion

Don't get freaked by the eco

Phil Vine from Greenpeace.

2:14 PM  OPINION: Funny how, over time, crazy weird becomes the new normal.

Lotto won't solve farm woes

What does a Lotto winning farmer do? Keep farming until the prize money's all gone.

D-day for paua harvest ban decision

Environment hot spots on farms

Fieldays

Helping others, helping himself 

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardist David Horwood has overcome depression by turning his innovation ideas into reality.

 Award-winning inventor overcame depression by turning his ideas into reality.

Weber mystery at Fieldays

Reporter Audrey Malone takes on the Chiefs' Brad Weber in an obstacle course challenge at Mystery Creek.

Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year winner  Paul Olsen from Manawatu.

Biggest and busiest

The National Fieldays has wrapped up one of its biggest and busiest events yet.

dairy

Cows that can take the heat

Dairy Solutionz will be looking to market their heat tolerant dairy genetics in tropical countries as well as New Zealand.

A Waikato company has launched a new dairy cattle breed capable of performing in tropical conditions.

Beetle numbers up despite weather

Black beetle populations are high despite the wet Waikato summer.

It may still be summer but some Taranaki cows are already preparing for winter.

Cows already adding winter coat

Months ahead of schedule, some herds are already sporting warmer winter coats.

advice

Feilding's town effluent goes on farms

Horizon's regional councillors in the environment committee, visit Feilding waste water plant. Hamish Waugh explains how ...

New irrigators to spread town effluent on farmland to meet resource consent.

Red tape hampers quake repairs

They're skilled fencers, ready to help. They just have to do another health and safety induction.

Helicopters with monsoon buckets fight the fire above Kennedys Reserve in Christchurch.

Extreme fire risk in rural Canty

Rural fire officers fighting Christchurch wildfires worry that another blaze will leave them short-handed.

aquaculture

MPI roadshow fails to hook crowds

Retired biologist John Leader talks to a MPI staff member at a drop-in session in Waikawa to tell the public about their ...

2:38 PM  Marlborough Sounds residents to provide their own impact assessment of relocating salmon farms.

Extreme fire risk in rural Canty

Rural fire officers fighting Christchurch wildfires worry that another blaze will leave them short-handed.

Coastal uplift has caused a loss of habitat for juvenile paua.

Paua ban extended

Emergency closure of Kaikoura's paua fishery pushed out by nine months to help quake-battered stocks.

beef

Young farmers watch farm burn

Tom Magill and Stella Bauer lost 150ha of pasture and 6km of fences to the Port Hills fires.

Black pastures are all that's left after the Port Hills fires swept through land leased by a young farming couple.

Environment hot spots on farms

Identify environmental hot spots such as stock yards, offal holes and silage stacks, says Alan Campbell.

The current proposed scheme infrastructure takes water from the Waitaki River via the existing Morven Glenavy Irrigation ...

Clock ticking for Hunter Downs

The call is out for capital to get the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme off the ground.

Sheep

Young farmers watch farm burn

Tom Magill and Stella Bauer lost 150ha of pasture and 6km of fences to the Port Hills fires.

Black pastures are all that's left after the Port Hills fires swept through land leased by a young farming couple.

Dog trials tested by weather

"Dog trialing can be a great leveller."

It may still be summer but some Taranaki cows are already preparing for winter.

Cows already adding winter coat

Months ahead of schedule, some herds are already sporting warmer winter coats.

cropping

Tobacco growing's last gasp

Motueka Valley's Laurie Jury with what could be his last tobacco crop.

A Motueka tobacco grower reckons he's being shut down by legislation changes.

Apples up to $6 a kilo

An apple a day may keep the doctor away - but they may also hurt your pocket.

The current proposed scheme infrastructure takes water from the Waitaki River via the existing Morven Glenavy Irrigation ...

Clock ticking for Hunter Downs

The call is out for capital to get the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme off the ground.

agribusiness

PGGW posts $16m profit

Tougher lamb and wool conditions have given PGG Wrightson shareholders much to think about.

2:43 PM  PGGW has made a $16m after-tax profit in the first half of the financial year.

Cows that can take the heat

A Waikato company has launched a new dairy cattle breed capable of performing in tropical conditions.

Tom Magill and Stella Bauer lost 150ha of pasture and 6km of fences to the Port Hills fires.

Young farmers watch farm burn

Black pastures are all that's left after the Port Hills fires swept through land leased by a young farming couple.

Discovery

Sharing the excitement of science

AgResearch scientist Louise Hennessy

A young scientist delights in passing on her passion for science to schoolchildren.

All aboard regulation train

Rob Mitchell talks to a straight-shooting scientist who realises that progress doesn't come without a certain amount of unhappiness.

Irina Boiarkina, of the University of Auckland, rock-climbing during a visit to Squamish, Canada.

Treasure in a mountain of data

Rob Mitchell talks to a scientist who loves solving mathematical problems.

rural women

High country farmers 'pushed back to the hills'

Around 170 people attended the field day at Simon and Lynda Harvey's property Glen Orkney, Awatere Valley.

The Marlborough region had lost 25,000ha of flat pastoral land in the past three decades due to land use changes as the traditional sheep farmer had been "pushed back to the hills".

Two women in young farmer final

Ellish Norrie and Megan Hands will be up against the men in the Tasman regional final of the Young Farmer of the Year.

A paddock full of scotch thistle at Kaihoka in Golden Bay.

Silent killers find new home

OPINION: No more blisters or chemicals, just a silent killer.

Video

Scaffolding collapse 'like dominos'

"People on it were falling into the water and were banging on things as they came down," witness says.

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